The Fuelcard People has warned fleet operators not to expect early Government help with the continuing effects of the credit crunch. The company’s general manager, Steve Clarke, said: “Many businesses are already in trouble because of the awful economic situation, which is clearly not about to improve. The Government’s answer is to pack its bags, as Parliament closes on July 22 and they do not return until October. How many operators will go under while MPs enjoy an 11-week holiday?”

Steve Clarke pointed out that there is some good news, with one major area of expenditure having partial immunity from the credit squeeze. “With the £6 gallon of diesel now a reality,” he said, “having an everyday discount on pump prices is important. More vital, though, is the easy availability of free credit. If you are regularly putting £1,000 worth of fuel into your tank, a week or two of free credit can be extremely helpful to a hard-pressed businesses.

Free credit is offered as standard with every fuel card in The Fuelcard People’s range, covering such brands as BP, Esso, Shell, Texaco, Diesel Direct and ReD. Depending upon which fuel card is used, and the timing of refuelling, members could enjoy up to 14 days of free credit on their fuel purchases.

Fleet operators should remember,” said Steve Clarke, “that fuel cards are not all the same and they should expect to benefit from much more than just discount fuel. With the right fuel card, free credit will be just the first of the additional benefits including personal account management, strong security, comprehensive reporting and 24/7 access to account information. All of these benefits help to ease the cost and stress of being fleet operator in these difficult times. The Fuelcard People would like to see the Government offering a little more help.”

Steve Clarke is the General Manager of The Fuelcard People. To find out more about The Fuelcard People, please visit our website,, or call us on 0844 870 9856.



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